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breathless

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as the title says, I noticed on our beloved fleebay auction site a yanag- N05 metal in very good condition going quite cheap (under £70), anyway thought id have a punt and won the thing!

well im an absolute beginner, bought my first sax a Yanagisawa T901 Tenor about 2 months ago after much research and advise on this very forum.

ive been taking lessons with a tutor for all of that period and am very slowly making progress. I changed to a Yamaha 4c from the supplied N06 Yanagisawa m/piece after advise from my tutor.

I would have been happier had the metal m/piece been a 6 or 7 but I figure if I never get round to using it, I could always sell it at a later date.

Rgds Lee.
 

Andante cantabile

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Well, no matter whether the new mouthpiece suits you, I am sure you have embarked on a great career as a developer of a mouthpiece collection. It seems you own three now, so there is plenty of scope. In any case, enjoy them.
 

kevgermany

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Good luck with the new mouthpiece, a lot of people here seem to like them!

If it's a bit much for now, put it in the drawer with the 7 and they can keep each other company until you're ready to do them justice!
 

daveysaxboy

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I think my Yani 9 metal soprano piece is the best sop mp i ever blew.Its great.Very well made and good mix of bright/dark.
 

dooce

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I play a metal Yani 7 on my John Packer bari and it's pussycat. A noisy one, but still a pussycat.......
 

breathless

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Thanks everyone, Kevgermany my sentiments exactly, at this stage I have no intention of using it as it could very easily upset my current learning curve and will reserve it for when my tutor believes I might be ready for it. (although I may well have a wee blow just to see if I can notice any difference! Lol).

I've seen them in the shops and they certainly do look like a sexy piece of kit!
 

daveysaxboy

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Thanks everyone, Kevgermany my sentiments exactly, at this stage I have no intention of using it as it could very easily upset my current learning curve and will reserve it for when my tutor believes I might be ready for it. (although I may well have a wee blow just to see if I can notice any difference! Lol).

I've seen them in the shops and they certainly do look like a sexy piece of kit!
Yes you also need your gear stash to look sexy.
 

breathless

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Oh don't give me ideas Davey-, you don't know how easily I'm inclined to start spending money!
Learning to play sax has been an ambition ive had for as long as I can remember so im going to do just that, when I can play competently then ill start collecting.

Lee.
 

daveysaxboy

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Oh don't give me ideas Davey-, you don't know how easily I'm inclined to start spending money!
Learning to play sax has been an ambition ive had for as long as I can remember so im going to do just that, when I can play competently then ill start collecting.

Lee.
Enjoy your journey blowing the bendy metal thing.Your doing the right thing.You will never be the same again.Your in the club now.Remember to have fun playing ,making music is one great healer.
 

jonf

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Just remember you don't have to go quite as made as Davey........>:)

Hey, and it seems as if your teacher is a pretty conservative sort of guy if he recommended a Yam 4c over the stock Yani 6. The Yani 6 is a really good mouthpiece and probably controllable enough for a learner. So, my advice for the new one? Don't tell your teacher, do most of your practice on the Yam 4c, but get the metal Yani out when you fancy making a bit of noise. I think you may well be surprised at how easy it is to play. Then when your teacher says you are ready to change mouthpieces whip out the metal one and blow him away with your roaring, wailing tenor tone.

Have fun.

(BTW, the above is all just my opinion. My first, and for many years only tenor piece was a Lawton 7, and I've never subscribed to the view that you need to start on a Yamaha mouthpiece with a tiny tip opening. Other views are also available).
 

daveysaxboy

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Just remember you don't have to go quite as made as Davey........>:)

Hey, and it seems as if your teacher is a pretty conservative sort of guy if he recommended a Yam 4c over the stock Yani 6. The Yani 6 is a really good mouthpiece and probably controllable enough for a learner. So, my advice for the new one? Don't tell your teacher, do most of your practice on the Yam 4c, but get the metal Yani out when you fancy making a bit of noise. I think you may well be surprised at how easy it is to play. Then when your teacher says you are ready to change mouthpieces whip out the metal one and blow him away with your roaring, wailing tenor tone.

Have fun.

(BTW, the above is all just my opinion. My first, and for many years only tenor piece was a Lawton 7, and I've never subscribed to the view that you need to start on a Yamaha mouthpiece with a tiny tip opening. Other views are also available).
Hey i'm glad i'm made.Been wanting that for years.
 

breathless

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Just remember you don't have to go quite as made as Davey........>:)

Hey, and it seems as if your teacher is a pretty conservative sort of guy if he recommended a Yam 4c over the stock Yani 6. The Yani 6 is a really good mouthpiece and probably controllable enough for a learner. So, my advice for the new one? Don't tell your teacher, do most of your practice on the Yam 4c, but get the metal Yani out when you fancy making a bit of noise. I think you may well be surprised at how easy it is to play. Then when your teacher says you are ready to change mouthpieces whip out the metal one and blow him away with your roaring, wailing tenor tone.

Have fun.

(BTW, the above is all just my opinion. My first, and for many years only tenor piece was a Lawton 7, and I've never subscribed to the view that you need to start on a Yamaha mouthpiece with a tiny tip opening. Other views are also available).
Ha-ha! Jonf, he is a she and she uses this forum, so unfortunately you've blown a very cunning plan! Lol.

My Yanagisawa T901 came with a n06 very nice very sexy Yanag- m/piece and I started on that however started to suffer seeks, my tutor suggested stepping down to the very popular (at least with beginners ) yam 4c and suggested I may find this more controllable! (certainly stopped the sqeeking)!

However I'm afflicted with the illness of gadgetisum! Which dictates I purchase shiny bits and bobs all the time so it's inevitable that I end up owning several mouthpieces!

And all the reading ive done that states the clear difference between ebonite/rubber against metal pieces simply means that my affliction demands I experience this myself, Lol.

At the very least until I've developed enough to play it with any gusto, it will look nice on my shelf! And I can always pass it on.

Rgds Lee.
 

breathless

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hi all, just thought id post a quick note having recived my now shiny Yanagisawa metal mouthpiece!

now im far from quailified to give a thourough review as im learning to play tenor and have only been doing so for 2-3 months, so it's more simply a very basic explanation of my impression of it.

My Yanagisawa T901 came with a Yanagisawa N06 hard rubber mouthpiece which I started to play on but after finding I was prone to squeaking my tutor recommended trying a Yamaha 4c and that's what I've been using for a while and have got used to how that's sounding even with my poor tone delivery.

I've got as far as playing a fair few of the scales and jazz and blues scales as well as just starting to make very basic beginners pieces such as When the saints go marching in sound something loosly like what it should or at least identifiable as such.

So when the metal Yanagisawa N05 arrived, after a thourough clean and a good polish I ran threw my hour practice session which is basically long tones, lots of scales, the current lesson I'm doing in the tune a day book and then a bit of improvising to music then Feeling like I'm playing about the best I can at my level of experience I fitted the metal mouthpiece and took it for a spin!

WOW! 1st thing I noticed was the volume level or should I say how much louder it seemed with the same amount of energy.
Every note seemed more formed and accurate! Or better put, every not sounded the best I've heard myself produce notes.

But very quickly I became aware that I lacked the control to use it to any effect. On my Yamaha I manage high octive notes at a successfully rate of something like 3 in 5, but on this beautifully shiny metal piece I don't think I could produce 1 single high octive note.
That said I had no intention of buying guide this piece to use any time soon, just couldn't turn down a good deal. (it will look pretty on my shelf for a while).

I must say that I am amazed at how much difference in sound is noticeable between mouthpieces, albeit pleasantly as it means that once I've learnt to play competently there is so much scope should I desire a change of sound.

In my opinion, a worth while investment as I could always move it on, they seem to be very popular.

Rgds Lee.
 
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